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Author Rhodes, Sybil, 1969-

Title Social movements and free-market capitalism in Latin America : telecommunications privatization and the rise of consumer protest / Sybil Rhodes.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2006]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  384.041 RHOD MJ17    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 228 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-214) and index.
Contents Consumer movements -- Explaining the emergence of consumer movements -- Authoritarian privatization and delayed consumer mobilization in Chile -- The "original sins" of privatization in Argentina -- Contentious consumer mobilization in Argentina -- The gradual and contested privatization of Brazil's "Telessauro" -- "Post-Jurassic" regulation and contained consumer response -- Democratizing free-market capitalism.
Summary This innovative book examines how the privatization and reregulation of the telecommunications sectors in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s provoked the rise of new consumer protest movements in Latin America. Sybil Rhodes looks at how hasty privatization of state-owned telephone companies led to short-term economic windfalls for multinational corporations but long-term instability due to consumer movements or the threat of them. Eventually these governments implemented consumer-friendly regulation as a belated form of damage control. In contrast, governments that privatized through more gradual, democratic processes were able to make credible commitments to their citizens as well as to their multinational investors by including regulatory regimes with consumer protection mechanisms built in. Rhodes illustrates how consumers-previously unacknowledged actors in studies of social movements, market reforms, and democratizations in and beyond Latin America-are indispensable to understanding the political and social implications of these broad global trends.
Subject Consumer protection -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Protest movements -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Privatization -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Telecommunication -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0791465977 (hardcover : alk. paper)